Whether you have just started dating each other, or if your anniversary is coming up, the same principles apply. Keep things simple and easygoing - the focus should be on the two of you.
On the bright side, cooking for two shouldn't be stressful and is easier than hosting a dinner party. Just one caution though: generally, at-home dinners are not really suitable for a first date. We know you're keen to impress, but getting to know each other better through a few more dates beforehand is a better bet.
Without further ado, here's our top tips on details you need to focus on to make this dinner date at home extra special.
Way before the invitation itself, start observing what your date orders at restaurants to get a sense of what he or she prefers. It should be easy to find out what your date's favourite food (or dislikes) over dinner conversations too.
Make sure that you have a place to yourself for your dinner date to take place - privacy is priority. You don't really want friends or family members to interrupt in between.
When the time feels right, suggest a dinner-at-home-date for something different. If your date is agreeable and excited about it (yay!), do make sure you find out about their dietary preferences and if he or she has any food allergies. It's not just being thoughtful, but necessary to avoid your date bloating up on such an important occasion!
Alternatively, if you're planning an anniversary surprise, make sure your date is out of the house during your prep for a pleasant surprise when he or she is back.
Creating the 'right' ambience requires your personal judgement of the stage of your relationship and your date's personality. Our only advice here is not to overdo your décor, rest assured your efforts that night would be noticed.
For a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere, dim your lights, use candles or light up the fireplace. This should make your date feel at ease.
Play music you know and enjoy, because the music itself can be a handy conversation topic if you ever stumble upon an awkward moment of silence.
Take the extra effort to find appropriate tableware, a nice new tablecloth and having the right wine glasses do add a layer of sophistication.
Make sure you've got the place to yourself, and keep things clean and tidy! Finally, turn off your computer and leave your mobile phone on silent mode. The focus is on your date tonight!
Focus on a Simple Menu
- When your date arrives, offer to help with his or her coat, and a drink too.
- Feel free to get him or her involved in the cooking, so that he or she is not waiting around, feeling left out. Have your date help with light stuff such as opening a can, or uncorking the wine. You should shoulder most of the work - your date is the guest, after all.
- Always serve your date first, including drinks.
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